Non-timber forest products and conservation: what prospects?

Non-timber forest products have been hailed as a 'silver bullet' for sustainable development and forest conservation, because of the significance of forest products as both food and income for rural dwellers, but evidence from this presentation's core study suggests that harvesting of non-timber forest products (NTFPs) is failing to meet goals for combining conservation and poverty alleviation. NTFPs can have a role in rural livelihoods, especially through multiple-use sustainable forestry projects, but these require long-term investments and complex co-management approaches. CIFOR scientist Terry Sunderland gave this presentation at the 49th Annual Meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation, held in Bonito, Brazil on 19 June 2012.

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